Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Library archivist uses her skills to advance truth and reconciliation

A front view of the Kamloops Indian Residential School.

By Pamela Smyth. This article was originally published on Waterloo News.

When Danielle Robichaud heard about the discovery of the remains of 215 children at the site of the Kamloops Indian Residential School, she got on Wikipedia. It was not for the reason you might think. 

Danielle Robichaud.Robichaud, a digital archivist in Special Collections & Archives at University of Waterloo Library, edits Wikipedia pages in her spare time. She focuses on the free online encyclopedia because of its popularity and widespread use. 

“When something horrific like this occurs, one of my first thoughts is often to consult the page to make sure there is meaningful and accurate information there for people to take in,” she said in an interview on the University’s Beyond the Bulletin podcast. “I was happy to note that there was a page for the school already in existence, but unfortunately, it was rather brief.”

She immediately tapped into her skills, digging for historical information and news articles about the school, and any mentions of it in the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.  

“I’ve done a lot of learning and listening to Indigenous peoples, thinkers and writers. A few years ago, I took a class at Renison University College about reconciliation and implications for settler Canadians,” Robichaud said. “The instructor, Kelly Laurila, in addition to being an incredible person, did a really amazing job of imparting the fact that educating ourselves as settler Canadians is only one part of the process. The work really comes with translating what you learned into action. For me, that looks like editing Wikipedia.”  

Since the unmarked graves were found in Kamloops, there have been more tragic discoveries at other school locations. Robichaud says many Wikipedia editors have become involved as more remains are found, so she is working on pages for smaller schools that have not had much coverage yet. 

A few years ago, Robichaud contributed to revisions to the Wikipedia page for the Canadian Indian residential school system. She worked on it for more than a year, moving it through the review process so it could appear on the Wikipedia main page. In 2018, she received the Archives Association of Ontario’s  James J. Talman Award, largely for her work increasing Indigenous representation on Wikipedia. 

Robichaud also builds Wikipedia pages about accomplished Indigenous Canadians. She learned that celebrating their achievements is important for reconciliation. So far, she has created pages for Wanda Nanibush, curator of Indigenous art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, filmmaker Marjorie Beaucage and Lori Campbell, educator and former director of the Indigenous Student Centre at Waterloo. 

“It’s important to acknowledge that a lot of the work I do stems directly from decades of work that Indigenous thinkers and writers have done before me,” Robichaud said. “I hope that finding ways to put what I’ve learned into action can inspire and encourage other people to think about the skills they already have and how they can be put into action in meaningful ways.” 

Danielle Robichaud, a digital archivist at University of Waterloo Library, uses her professional skills to support truth and reconciliation. Listen to her interview in episode 94 of the Beyond the Bulletin podcast to learn more.

Joy Hutchinson receives 2021 Vanier Scholarship

This article was originally published on the Faculty of Health website.

Joy Hutchinson.Joy Hutchinson, a Public Health and Health Systems doctoral student, has been awarded a prestigious 2021 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. The award is designed to strengthen Canada's ability to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning. Vanier scholars demonstrate a high standard of academic excellence, research potential and leadership. 

“I am honoured to have been selected as a recipient of the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship," Hutchinson said. "I hope to contribute meaningfully throughout my career to the public health and nutrition research communities.” 

Hutchinson’s doctoral research, "Advancing novel methods for characterizing dietary patterns and their relationships with markers of inequity in Canada,” will lead to a greater understanding of the relationship between dietary patterns and markers of inequity and, ultimately, inform policy with data-backed research that can improve the lives of Canadians. 

Her approach to looking at enormous datasets has the potential to identify relationships that traditional methods of data analysis may not uncover. It will use machine learning, or more specifically, deep learning, where artificial networks have the ability to learn from vast amounts of data.

Growing up, Hutchinson discovered cooking as a form of stress relief. As she grew older, her interest in food evolved into a fascination with nutrition and set her on an educational course to becoming a registered dietitian. Currently, is an executive member of the Dietitians of Canada Toronto Networking Committee, planning events for dietitians to meet, learn from each other and discuss relevant topics.  

Supporting young people has given Hutchinson mentorship opportunities that she has found particularly meaningful. Over the past year, she helped undergraduate students, offering guidance and encouragement as they worked at continuing their studies and research projects while also facing the many challenges presented by the pandemic.  

Hutchinson has also devoted some of her personal time volunteering for Big Brothers Big Sisters in Toronto. As part of the Go Girls! program, she helped girls aged 12-14 build a positive self-image by focusing on physical activity, balanced eating and self-esteem.

As a Vanier Scholar, Hutchinson will receive $50,000 per year for three years during her doctoral studies.

Remembering Sue Gooding

Sue Gooding.Sue Gooding, a long-serving staff member in the Faculty of Engineering, passed away on July 24.

"Sue served our University and Faculty with unmatched dedication for an incredible 44 years," wrote Dean of Engineering Mary Wells in a tribute on the Faculty of Engineering website. "Joining the University of Waterloo in May 1977, Sue started her career as a parking attendant and used her commitment, intellect and dedication to work her way up to become an invaluable member of the Faculty of Engineering’s administrative team. Sue was a tireless and devoted employee and was usually the first in the office in the morning and the last to leave in the evening. It was not unusual to find her working in her office at 10 pm on weekdays; she was also frequently present on weekends."

As the Faculty of Engineering’s space expansion program started, Gooding took on the role of Operations Manager in 2005 and was then promoted to be the Manager, Facilities and Space in 2011. In these roles, she worked closely with Engineering Consultant Ron Venter, the University’s physical plant, the Engineering Departments and the Architects to oversee the design and building of Engineering's newest buildings (Engineering 5, 6 and 7) as well as the renovations of older buildings and new research spaces.

With blueprints and floor plans filling her office in CPH, she worked tirelessly to make sure all department requests were fulfilled, and every last-minute change was made.  She was also responsible for coordinating often complicated department moves into the new buildings and other engineering spaces.

The result today is a set of new buildings that are the envy of the rest of the University and of other Engineering Faculties in the country.

"A kind and generous person, Sue was a passionate supporter of engineering students and went above and beyond to ensure they had the equipment and space they needed to succeed," Wells writes. "An example of this was in 2005 when Sue had her head shaved by EngSoc members in the CPH foyer to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society in memory of two engineering students who had died from cancer. In her personal life, she was also a passionate volunteer and gave willingly and generously of both her time and many talents to all of those around her."

"The Faculty’s thoughts and support are with Sue’s husband, Mike her two daughters (Mallory and Courtney) and her family. Sue’s funeral will take place in the funeral home chapel at Henry Walser on Sunday, August 1stand visitation with her family will be held on Saturday, July 31 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Visit for Susan's memorial."

University flags will be lowered to half-mast on the day of Gooding's funeral to honour her.

Read the full tribute on the Faculty of Engineering news site.

CORE contact lens study seeks participants and other notes

CORE contact lens study banner.

The Centre for Ocular Research and Education (CORE) is currently recruiting soft contact lens wearers to participate in an exciting new daily disposable contact lens research study here at the University of Waterloo. The study will be conducted over two weeks, with three in-clinic visits. Participants should be willing to wear the study contact lenses for at least 12 hours per day, 5 days per week. You will receive $20 per hour for attending study visits (4.5 hours total) and for completing the at-home tasks, for a total of $110 upon completion of the study. All study materials will be provided. For more information visit

All studies conducted at CORE have been reviewed and received ethics clearance through a University of Waterloo Research Ethics Committee. To be the first to know about new CORE studies make a participant profile on the CORE pre-screening website.

UWBASE event banner for July 31.UW BASE is hosting a virtual networking event called A.C.E w/BASE.(Advance.Connect.Empower) on Saturday, July 31. "Our goal is to provide Black students with the opportunity to connect with industry professionals and gain knowledge, insights, and connections that will help to advance their futures," says a note from the event organizers. "Students can register through the link in our bio and get a free ticket."

Link of the day

Day of Commemoration of the Great Upheaval

When and Where to get support

Students can visit the Student Success Office online for supports including academic development, international student resources, leadership development, exchange and study abroad, and opportunities to get involved.

Instructors can visit the Keep Learning website to get support on adapting their teaching and learning plans for an online environment.

Course templates are available within your course in LEARN to help you build and edit your content and assignment pages quickly.

The following workshops, webinars, and events are offered by the KL team (CTE, CEL, ITMS, LIB):

Employees can access resources to help them work remotely, including managing University records and privacy of personal information. Here are some tips for staying healthy while working from home.

Stay informed about COVID cases on campus by consulting the COVID case tracker.

The Writing and Communication Centre has virtual services and programs to help undergrads, grad students, postdocs and faculty members with academic writing.

Co-op students can get help finding a job and find supports to successfully work remotely, develop new skills, access wellness and career information, and contact a co-op or career advisor.

The Centre for Career Action assists undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, staff, faculty, and alumni through navigating career services that are right for them. You can attend a one-on-one appointment or same day drop-in session at the CCA for assistance with cover letter writing, career planning and much more. You can also book an appointment online or visit our Live Chat to connect with our Client Support Team. The CCA is here to help you.

If you feel overwhelmed or anxious and need to talk to somebody, please contact the University’s Campus Wellness services, either Health Services or  Counselling Services. You can also contact the University's Centre for Mental Health Research and TreatmentGood2Talk is a post-secondary student helpline available to all students.

The Library continues to offer virtual access to learning and research materials as well as through their book pickup and delivery services. Davis Centre Library study space is open by appointment Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special Collections & Archives can also be accessed by appointment. Library staff are available for questions via Ask Us. Full details of current service offerings can be found on their Services Updates page. The Library has also published a resource guide on how to avoid information overload.

The Faculty Association of the University of Waterloo (FAUW) continues to advocate for its members. Check out the FAUW blog for more information.

The University of Waterloo Staff Association (UWSA) continues to advocate for its members. Check out the UWSA blog for more information.

The Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office (SVPRO) supports all members of the University of Waterloo campus community who have experienced, or been impacted, by sexual violence. This includes all students, staff, faculty and visitors on the main campus, the satellite campuses, and at the affiliated and federated Waterloo Institutes and Colleges. For support, email: or visit the SVPRO website.

The Indigenous Initiatives Office is a central hub that provides guidance, support, and resources to all Indigenous and non-Indigenous campus community members and oversees the university Indigenization strategy.

The Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre, based at St. Paul’s University College, provides support and resources for Indigenous students, and educational outreach programs for the broader community, including lectures, and events.

WUSA supports for students:

Peer support  - MATES, Glow Centre, RAISE, Women’s Centre - Visit to book an appointment

Bike Centre – Open via Appointments and Rentals

Campus Response Team, ICSN, Off Campus Community and Co-op Connection all available online. Check for more details.

Food Support Service food hampers are currently available from the Turnkey Desk on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Student Life Centre. If you have any questions please email us at

Centre for Academic Policy Support - CAPS is here to assist Waterloo undergraduates throughout their experience in navigating academic policy in the instances of filing petitions, grievances and appeals. Please contact them at caps@wusa.caMore information is available.

WUSA Commissioners who can help in a variety of areas that students may be experiencing during this time:

WUSA Student Legal Protection Program - Seeking legal counsel can be intimidating, especially if it’s your first time facing a legal issue. The legal assistance helpline provides quick access to legal advice in any area of law, including criminal. Just call 1-833-202-4571

Empower Me is a confidential mental health and wellness service that connects students with qualified counsellors 24/7. They can be reached at 1-833-628-5589.

When and Where (but mostly when)

Healthy Warriors at Home (Online Fitness)

Fitness Classes (CIF GYM 3). Power Yoga, HIIT and Zumba. Only $4/class. Advanced registration required.

Warriors vs. Laurier Blood Donation Battle. Join your fellow Warriors, donate blood and help us win the Blood Battle against Laurier for a second year in a row. Set up a profile or add the PFL code: UNIV960995 to your account if you have a account already. Questions? Contact

Drop-in to Warrior Virtual Study Halls on Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Come together in this virtual space to set goals and work independently or in groups each week.

Renison English Language Institute continues to offer virtual events and workshops to help students practice their English language skills.

NEW - It’s the last day to register for the Wellness Session on Building Working Relationships. Register on Portal by the end of day today. Limited spaces available.

Spring 2021 Wellness Sessions are here. Register for sessions on Building Working Relationships, Self-Care Strategies During COVID-19, and more. To learn more about each workshop being offered this term and how to register, visit

Positions available

On this week's list from the human resources department, viewable on the UWaterloo Talent Acquisition System (iCIMS):

  • Job ID# 2021-6894 - Business Developer - GTA East Region - CEE - Co-operative Education, USG 10
  • Job ID# 2021-6966 - Computing Consultant, Learning Environment Specialist - IST, USG 10
  • Job ID# 2021-6944 - Cook - Food Services, CUPE
  • Job ID# 2020-5973 - Director, Energy & Utilities - Plant Operations, USG 16
  • Job ID# 2021-6984 - Lab Instructor BME - Systems Design Engineering, USG 12

Secondments/Internal temporary opportunities

  • Job ID# 2021-6951 - Cook - Food Services, CUPE
  • Job ID# 2021-6983 - Director, Work-Integrated Learning Programs - CEE - WIL Programs (Work-Integrated Learning), USG 15
  • Job ID# 2021-6784 - Employee Relations & Administrative Assistant - Food Services, USG 6
  • Job ID# 2021-6807 - Project Manager - Work-Integrated Learning Programs, USG 10

Affiliated and Federated Institutions of Waterloo opportunities